Social media tools helping political efforts: how effective?

“There’s a lot of Tweeting, but there’s not much engagement,” Alex Aitken, director of communications at Westminster City Council told panel debate audiences at Social Media World Forum. Politicians are using social media as an extra communications tool, rather than a means of engagement with the electorate, he adds. Fellow panelist Craig Elder, the Conservatives’ online communications editor, agrees: “Politicians are having a massive conversation between themselves. It’s just a broadcast exercise I’m happy for the blame for this to be shared across all three parties – it’s old politics on new media. It’s just a broadcast exercise I’m happy … Continue reading Social media tools helping political efforts: how effective?

Beatles [no longer] for sale

Pop quiz, hot shot: how much will a close-to-near-mint copy of The Beatles’ first long-playing record, Please Please Me, set you back? We’re talking first UK pressing, stereo copy, heavyweight shiny black vinyl, gold and black Parlophone labels (PCS 3042), Dick James songwriting credits, glossy front laminated flip-back sleeve printed by Ernest J Day, Angus McBean photo credit printed in the far bottom right corner on the front, vinyl matrix stamps YEX 94-1 and 95-1, vinyl stampers G1 and R1, MTZ tax code embossed on side two label and supplied with the original polythene-lined “Use Emitex” inner sleeve. So how … Continue reading Beatles [no longer] for sale